Flash Interview: Stefano Farinelli, Art Historian, TIAC Teacher

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Full name and profession

Stefano Farinelli, Art Historian.

Where do you come from?

I live in a city close to Florence called Prato since I was born.

What did you study and where? 

I graduated in Art History at the University of Florence.

What moved you to get into the art world and to follow art studies?

I've always liked to draw since I was a child. After high school, for two years I attended the Faculty of Architecture to follow this passion. However, I soon realised that the only class that really fascinated me was History of Architecture. I therefore decided to change faculty and I enrolled in the Art History Faculty. I have followed this path with conviction until graduation, and I intend to continue my studies to get a Phd.

As a student, what was the most important lesson you learned? 

There's no doubt for me that History of Modern Art classes were my favourite ones. The teacher was very passionate about the subject and he transmitted us his passion. He was also very good at giving us a non-canonic point of view on the matter, which was always stimulating.

What do you teach at TIAC?

Art History.

As an artist, what do you want to share with the world?

I would like to make the students understand that a work of art is not only beautiful, but it is the result of a long thinking process that hides behind its surface a fascinating world, which often is not easy to interpret, but it is for sure always truly beautiful.

According to you, where does inspiration come from?

I think inspiration comes from the artist's personal history, from his past. Our experiences, our constant work and passion are all elements that allow us to be creative. Inspiration must therefore be constantly stimulated, and must reflect the artist individuality in a genuine and honest way.

Why did you choose your career?

I wish to be able to understand what is behind Beauty...or what it is considered Beautiful. 

What is the importance of passing on artistic knowledge to new generations?

Art is a means of communication that allows us to live better. Young people must learn to communicate their essence. Often words are not enough and art can always help them.

In your opinion, what is the social function of Art?

Art has had different roles and taken several forms in society over the centuries, but I believe it has always satisfied a primary need for communication on a higher and almost spiritual level.

What does TIAC mean to you?

TIAC is an evolving reality with an enormous potential, because its goal is to interconnect very different cultures between each other. I believe this is fundamental for our times.

What personal message would you like to leave us?

Have a good time studying!

Anna Rosa Paladino